SF Giants 2021 MLB draft grades
Round 19 (566th): Irvin Murr, 3B, Winter Springs HS (FL)
Round 20 (596th): Vance Honeycutt, SS, Salisbury HS (NC)
Fans might not want to get too attached to either Irvin Murr or Vance Honeycutt. Neither are locks to sign at this point in the draft. Honeycutt is particularly hard to see signing since he’s committed to a top program at UNC-Chapel Hill, the same school his father played at. Murr is a bit harder to read. He’s currently committed to a junior college but might have been unsatisfied by his draft interest this year and could plan to change that in 2022.
Murr is an obvious corner bat with massive power potential. Even though he’s just a teenager, he’s already putting up exit velos north of 100 mph, including a massive bomb that featured a 116 mph exit velocity in a home run derby held last year.
Honeycutt is a traditional shortstop with a strong arm and flashes of plus potential on the dirt. While his body still has more room to fill out than Murr’s, he has some power potential of his own. He’s a bit gangly, listed at 6’3”-190lbs, and probably has to settle down some inconsistent movement in his swing, but at this point in the draft, he’d be a fantastic get.
Whenever a well-known prospect falls, every organization that passes on said prospect will have their class defined by that decision. The Giants passed on Khalil Watson, and that will probably be on many fans’ minds for years to come. San Francisco clearly thought the pitching depth throughout this draft class was too strong to lose flexibility for later picks on Watson. While I can see how they came to that place and am very intrigued by the collection of arms they’ve assembled, I don’t think they did enough. My opinion would change significantly if they signed all of their picks, particularly Murr, Honeycutt, and Bosnic. While none of them are considered on the same tier as Watson or even Silva, it would add some upside (Honeycutt and Murr in particular) that could make me buy into the method a bit more.
C+ if Bosnic, Murr, and Honeycutt do not sign
B- if Bosnic signs
B if Bosnic and Murr or just Honeycutt signs
B+ if Bosnic, Murr, and Honeycutt sign
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